As colder temperatures finally catch up with us, Campus Safety reminds you not to be a “puffer,” leaving a car running to warm up while unattended.
Not surprisingly, the cold-season months peaking in January produce the highest number of "puffer" thefts. No neighborhood is immune to opportunistic criminals looking for a car left running and unattended. Remember not to leave running vehicles unattended and help Campus Safety make CC a less appealing target to criminals Remember: • Always lock your car. • Never leave any keys in the car, even a spare set. • Never leave valuables in plain sight. • Always park in well-lit, high-traffic areas. • Get windows, doors, and fenders etched with the VIN. • Consider installing a tracking and recovery device. • Check outwww.lockdownyourcar.orgfor more prevention tips, local statistics and a Hot Spot map with geo-locator tool allowing users to search auto theft in their area. As always, if you experience or observe any crime, please immediately contactCampus Safetyor the Colorado Springs Police Department: CSPD Emergency 911 CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000 Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911 Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Keep your eyes up and refrain from texting while walking. You should keep at least one ear free and able to hear things happening around you.
Use Sidewalks: If there is no sidewalk present and you have to walk on the street, walk against on-coming traffic and stay as far to the outside of the road as possible. Avoid shortcuts and alleys if possible.
Only Cross at the Crosswalk: Even in areas where crosswalks are automatically activated, stop first and look both ways. Make sure to press the button and wait for the crossing signal to indicate it is safe to cross.
Always Watch for Vehicles in Both Lanes: Always assume that the driver cannot see you, and cross when you know that they have stopped.
Make Yourself Visible: Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when it's dark.
Bicycle/Skateboard Safety Tips:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Never ride a bicycle or skateboard while listening to headphones. This prevents you from hearing other cyclists or motorists and increases the likelihood of an accident.
Always Yield to Pedestrians: The proper place for a bicycle is on the road, riding with traffic. The proper place for a skateboard is on the sidewalk. If you have to use a sidewalk, always yield to pedestrians. If approaching a pedestrian from behind, make your presence known and indicate on which side of the pedestrian you intend to pass.
Always Dismount Your Bike/Skateboard When Going Through a Crosswalk: Crosswalks are for pedestrian use. Always dismount and walk your bike/skateboard through a crosswalk abiding by the pedestrian rules for crosswalks as listed above.
Obey all Posted Traffic Regulations While Riding on the Street: When riding on the street, a bicycle must obey the same laws as a car. Ride on the right quarter of the street closest to the curb and obey all posted regulations and stop lights.
Make Yourself Visible: When it's dark, wear reflective clothing and make sure you have a functional headlamp and tail lamp on your bicycle.
Always Assume Drivers Cannot See You: When passing a stopped vehicle or crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, always assume that drivers cannot see you. Stop, look both ways, and make sure all lanes of cross traffic have seen you and stopped.